Reflection and Enlightenment features a selection of Chinese Buddhist gilt bronzes from the collection of Jane and Leopold Swergold.
Offering a rich introduction to the iconography of Buddhist devotional objects, these sculptures span the 3rd to 9th century, from the Southern and Northern dynasties period to the Sui and Tang dynasties. Modest in scale, such objects were presented as gifts to temples, brought as talismans on long journeys, arranged in groupings on private altars, and, more recently, valued as works of art by scholars and connoisseurs.
The Swergolds have been collecting Chinese art for nearly 30 years, and the Swergold Collection is considered one of the most extensive private collections of its type. This installation is on view in the Arts of China gallery.